RADIATION PROTECTION IN THE RELEASE OF PATIENTS RECEIVING 131I TREATMENT

Essam Mattar, Musheera A. Salih, K. Alsafi, I. I. Suliman

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Abstract

Radiation measurements were made to support radiation protection decisions and instructions concerning the release of patients receiving 131I treatment in Sudan. In hyperthyroidism, administered activity ranged from 370 to 1110 MBq (average: 817.8 MBq), and air-absorbed dose rate at 1 m in front of the patients varied from 20 to 66 μGy h-1 (average: 47.0 μGy h-1). For thyroid cancer patients, the administered activity ranged from 3700 to 7400 MBq (average: 4816.2 MBq), and the air-absorbed dose rate at 1 m in front of the patients ranged from 3 to 55 μSv h-1 (average: 19.2 μSv h-1). On average, the contamination activity was highest in the patients' clothes: 11.0 Bq cm-2, followed by the toilet: 6.6 Bq cm-2 and the front bed: 2.9 Bq cm-2. The estimated release times from the confinement were well with the radiation safety criteria, whereas instruction are given concerning precaution times to limit radiation exposure to family members and co-worker.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-508
Number of pages10
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Volume187
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 31 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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